Various: OKeh 'The R&B Years 1953-62'

OKeh 'The R&B Years 1953-62'


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  • Release Date 15 June 2018
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Vinyl LP
Outta Sight
The legendary Okeh Records needs little introduction to soul music fans around the world. It has been relentlessly plundered and treasured for its slue of Northern Soul classics produced by A&R manager Carl Davis and his songwriter Curtis Mayfield during the “soul years” 1963-70. However, the imprint was originally launched 100 years ago in 1918 by Otto K. E. Heinemann who had already established a recording studio and pressing plant in New York City. The label name was derived from Heinemann’s initials O.K.E.H. From the very early years, Okeh issued records for minority audiences, such as its foreign language music, field recordings and Dixieland jazz. But perhaps the most significant recording was “That Thing Called Love” by Mamie Smith in 1920, the first ever by a black blues singer. The success of Mamie Smith led to Okeh’s 8000 series which ran until 1932. In 1953, Okeh became an exclusive R&B label and it is the ensuing decade of recordings that form the focus of our collection, from Titus Turner’s raucous “Big Mary” in ’53 to Gerald Sims’ laid back “Cool Breeze” in ’62.
1 Big Mary's - TITUS TURNER  
2 Give And Take - CHUCK WILLIS  
4 Second Class Lover - JEAN DuSHON  
5 I Got A Feeling - BIG MAYBELLE  
6 I Can't Look Back - ANGEL FACE  
7 Come On Baby (Hold My Hand) - MARIE KNIGHT  
8 Mister Moonlight - DR FEELGOOD And The Interns  
9 I'm Gonna Try - BILLY LA MONT  
10 Emulsified - REX GARVIN And The Mighty Cravers  
11 Don't Lie - TED TAYLOR  
12 Come On Home - LOUIS (BLUES BOY) JONES  
13 Cool Breeze - GERALD SIMS  
14 Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze - ROY LEE JOHNSON with Dr Feelgood & The Interns  
15 Plaything - JEAN DuSHON  
16 Ocean Of Tears - BIG MAYBELLE